Monday, October 20, 2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was very specific when he said that "elections will be held in June 2016, at the end of the four-year parliamentary term" in an interview with Reuters on October 17, after participating in the meeting of European and Asian leaders in Milan.

The premier said that Greece would ride out market doubts about whether it can survive without international support, telling Reuters he can lead his country out of a four-year bailout and not call early elections.

He reiterated that the government was talking with its lenders about what should happen if Greece succeeds in leaving its bailout programme by the end of December, a year ahead of schedule, as Greek officials hope. He sees one option as a credit line that Athens could tap post-bailout, should it fall prey to future market turmoil.

TBEX Europe 2014 (Travel Blog Exchange European Conference) will be held in Athens on October 23 - 25. It is the largest and most popular annual gathering of travel bloggers, new media content creators, social media experts, and travel industry professionals from Europe and North America.

During the conference, there will be a number of meetings, seminars and presentations with the participation of world renowned tourism experts. Visitors will get acquainted with Greek gastronomy and civilisation; they will enjoy art exhibitions, watch documentaries concerning Greek culture, tourism and history, and they will listen to Greek music. Other activities include Greek products’ degustation and wine tasting. There will further be an event organised by Expedia.

The closing event will be a Street Party, at Pandrossou street, with food, drink, music and art shows with the participation of artists from the Greek National Opera.

In 1994, the historic archives of the Communist Party of Greece suffered severe damages, caused by heavy rain storm which caused flooding across Athens.

 It took twenty years of continuous work and the support of an international team of scientists to restore the archives. Today, the archives are not only restored but also exhibited to the public.

The Party leader spoke of a gigantic effort because, although archives of other Communist Parties (Chile, Italy) have suffered similar damages, the Greek case was more difficult as a lot of the material was hand-written.

The archives are considered extremely valuable for Modern Greek history, since the Party played a significant role in domestic politics for decades. The Communist Party is the oldest party in the Greek political scene and was founded on November 17, 1918.

The MIT Enterprise Forum, a global organization of professionals affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is holding its first annual "StartSmart" event geared towards early-stage technology entrepreneurs in Athens (21.10).  StartSmart Greece is a day-long conference that inspires, connects, coaches, and informs technology entrepreneurs to succeed faster and smarter.

The conference is designed with an objective to grow, refine, and nurture the Greek entrepreneurial ecosystem. It will be held at the Eugenides Foundation. Since September 2013, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece has organized several events and workshops for technology entrepreneurs and investors.

The National Library and Opera House funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFCC) are not yet complete and ready for public use; however, visitors may admire the work in process from the Visitors Centre of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Cultural Centre, which has already received more than 23,000 visitors in less than one year.

Designed by Greek architecture students following a nation-wide competition and chosen by the Centre’s architect Renzo Piano, the centre will operate until 2016, when the complex will be delivered to the Greek state.

The visitors centre offers a view to the construction site, informs the public on the sophisticated construction methods used (some of them are a Greek first) and provides details concerning the Cultural Centre’s main components: the National Library of Greece (NLG), the Greek National Opera (GNO), and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

Greece ranked 3rd after Serbia and Turkey in a European Stamp Contest, held by PostEurop, a trade association with 52 members that has been representing European public postal operators since 1993. Every year, member countries compete for the best design in stamps. This year’s theme was national music instruments. 

The Greek stamp from the Hellenic Post depicted a Cretan lyra, a pear-shaped, three-stringed bowed musical instrument, central to the traditional music of Crete (video) and other islands in the Aegean Archipelago. It is considered the most popular surviving form of the medieval Byzantine lyra, an ancestor of most European bowed instruments. The winner stamp portrays the traditional Serbian bagpipe.